British Prime Minister David Cameron is pressing for military strikes against Islamic State in Syria within a month, according to senior sources. The leader is also reportedly prepared to accept 15,000 refugees from the war-torn nation.
Senior officials told the Sunday Times that Cameron has ordered aides to devise a plan to tackle the migrant crisis.
That plan includes persuading Labour MPs to support airstrikes in Syria in a House of Commons vote in October.
Chancellor George Osborne seemed to indicate the government is indeed planning military action in Syria.
“We’ve got to defeat these criminal gangs who trade in human misery and risk people’s lives and kill people,” he said. “You’ve got to deal with the problem at source, which is this evil Assad regime and the [ISIS] terrorists.”
Cameron came under pressure to order airstrikes on Saturday night, with former Defence Secretary Liam Fox saying: “Our response is inadequate. The policy of attacking ISIS in Iraq but not in Syria is patently absurd.”
British “political hypocrisy” and the country’s interference in Syria’s affairs was condemned by Syria’s foreign ministry, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday. Damascus has sent two letters to the UN, accusing the British government of “colonialist experience” and supporting terrorist organizations in Syria.
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